A Classic Ballet Conservatory

A Classical Ballet Conservatory

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Shellshead Ballet Classical Dance Conservatory

308 East Main Street, Johnson City, TN 37601, US





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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - Keaton Honeycutt has been accepted at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in Dance for the summer 2019 session.

Honeycutt dances at Shellshead Ballet Conservatory in Johnson City and is a Senior at Science Hill High School. She is the daughter of Traci Starr Honeycutt.

“I’m very blessed to be a part of such an honorable program,” Keaton said.

The Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts is a summer intensive program administered by the State Department of Education. Rising 11th and 12th graders across the state may audition for programs in theater, dance, music, filmmaking or visual art.

Honeycutt says she applied for the program to expand her passion for dance, meet new people from across the state and further her love for the arts.

“I have danced since I was very young and it’s always been a part of my life. I trained with my mother and Susan Pace White. When Mrs. Susan died two years ago, I knew it was my time to honor her.”

Keaton credits her current instructors, Eva Taylor Hunter and Shannon Bowman Stinnett, along with her mother, for continuing to inspire her love for dance.

“We are thrilled for Keaton to train at Governor’s School this summer,” Mrs. Hunter said. “She will represent Shellshead and Johnson City well.”

Keaton’s future plans include studying occupational therapy in college, but she’s excited for this opportunity to focus on her artistic pursuits. “I can’t wait to go to Murfreesboro this summer to dance with other students who have a love for the arts, just like me.”


Abby Raper, Tap 1 instructor, was selected as a top 5 finalist at "Broadway Comes to Greeneville" today 3.14.19. 

Now in it's 8th year, " Broadway Comes to Greeneville" is a major fundraiser for Niswonger Children's Hospital.  Local youth audition for the opportunity to share the stage with a number of Broadway STARS!!!  Distinguished local judges select  five finalists, all of whom will receive 4 year college scholarships, courtesy of Nickie and Scott Niswonger.  Abby will receive $1,000.00 each year of college to pursue her musical education. 

We love you, Abby!  





 Eva - the program yesterday was really special. This year (since I've been to most of the lessons and rehearsals) I witnessed the chaos turned into beauty. Wow - what an achievement for the dancers and teachers. I especially noticed the cadre of volunteers who helped for months with the costumes and other incidentals. During the program, the supreme effort, beauty, and smiles of the dancers often brought tears to my eyes. You, Shannon, Connie, Laura, Lily, Amy (and others whose names I'm not sure of) deserve praise for your persistence and praise, especially with the young dancers. I really enjoyed the explanation at the beginning of the "blended" program. Children especially learn from being exposed to those around them who are more skilled and/or talented. I've noticed the older dancers are so gentle and loving to the young dancers - they inspire them to become better dancers. Jade
and Lola know each of them by name! The entire program from start to finish was worth are the practice time and preparation of all of you. You and your staff are to be commended for your success. Congratulations on a crowning achievement of only year and a half after your founding Shellshead Conservatory.
Susan Morrow, Ph.D.
Jade and Lola's Nana
Age 7 1/2 


Advanced dancers average 12 - 15 hours per week.







Tuition is based on the number of classroom hours and the student's level. Family rates are available. 

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